Category Archives: Best Rates

GBP/AUD Forecast – UK Autumn Budget Update (Matthew Vassallo)

GBP/AUD rates continue to float around 1.75 on the exchange, with the AUD finding plenty of support around this threshold.

With much of this week’s focus on yesterday’s UK Autumn budget, clients holding the AUD may have anticipated a negative market reaction to this and a drop in value for the Pound.

The result was almost a non-event for the currency markets and in truth the budget very rarely has a major impact on exchange rates.

Yesterday’s “safe” budget was always unlikely to throw up any major surprises. UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond were already under severe pressure, both inside their own Conservative party and externally as well. The former is trying desperately to rally the country in the wake the on-going stagnant Brexit negotiations, whilst the latter was under the spotlight following the disastrous budget he delivered in March.

The key points delivered by Hammond, included Stamp Duty on all properties valued under £300,000 for first time buyers, higher road tax for diesel cars and an additional 2.8 bn for the NHS.

However, despite these claims economic growth forecasts for the UK were cut, which has been directly attributed to the on-going fall out from Brexit.

Fear over the UK’s economic standing following our eventual separation from the EU continue to drive market sentiment. With investor confidence minimal the Pound is struggling to make any significant inroads against the AUD.

The Australian economy is itself under the microscope somewhat. Rising property prices and an over reliance on their export of raw materials, is predicted to put pressure on the AUD over the coming months. =

Whilst the markets never move simply in one direction, I do not anticipate GBP/AUD to gain any sustainable momentum above 1.75. However, due to the issues mentioned above the Pound may well continue to find enough support above 1.70 as we head towards Christmas.

If you have an upcoming GBP or AUD currency transfer to make you can contact me directly on 01494 787 478. We can help guide you through this turbulent market and as a company we have over eighteen years’ experience, in helping our clients achieve the very best exchange rates on any given market.

Our award inning rates can be accessed very easily over the phone and I can keep you posted with key market developments ahead of any prospective exchange you need to make.

Feel free to email me directly on mtv@currencies.co.uk to find out all the options available to you ahead of your currency transfer.

Pound to Australian Dollar rate hits a 5-month high, will the upward trend continue? (Joseph Wright)

Those following the GBP/AUD rate will be aware of the positive moves for the Pound recently, and within the past 24 hours the rate has hit a 5-month high making it a good time for Sterling sellers.

The rate has traded within just 2 and a half cents of the best levels in the last year, so the questions are now being asked as to whether the pair can reach a new 1-year high.

Those with a currency requirement involving the pair should be aware that the Pound isn’t trading in such a strong fashion against many other major currency pairs, and that in my opinion there is potential for the Pound to fall for a number of reasons.

The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May is currently under pressure as rumours build that there a a number of members of her party prepared to sign a vote of no-confidence regarding her position. Should this issue surface I would personally expect to see the Pound fall quite dramatically against the Aussie Dollar amongst other major currencies.

At the same time inflation hasn’t quite hit the high levels the Bank of England was expecting to see so the chances of future rate hikes have diminished somewhat, certainty regarding the short term future.

If you’re following the GBP/AUD rate and would like to be kept updated to any major swings in the rate, do feel free to register your interest with me.

If you have a large currency exchange to carry out in the coming days, weeks or months then you are more than welcome to speak with me directly as I will be more than happy to help you both with trying to time a transaction and getting you the top market rate when you do come to buy your currency. A small improvement in a rate of exchange can make a huge difference so for the sake of taking two minutes to email me you may find you save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can email me (Joseph Wright) on jxw@currencies.co.uk and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

Poor wage growth leads to Australian Dollar weakness despite better unemployment figures (Daniel Wright)

This week has been a mixed one for the Australian Dollar so far, with a fairly week start and a flatter past 24 hours.

The reason the Australian Dollar lost strength earlier in the week was due to news of slower wage growth than expected.

Wage growth yesterday came out at 0.5% against analyst’s expectations of 0.7% which is the reason why we saw Australian Dollar weakness.

Wage growth is a really important release in the current climate, if wage growth ( the increase in how much people are earning)  is a lot lower than inflation (the increase in the costs of goods and services) then you can generally expect an economy to drop off a little, as people will have less money in their pocket to spend. Bad economic data can then in turn lead to weakness for a currency, and with markets moving well in advance of an event actually happening this is why we are seeing a good opportunity to buy Australian Dollars at present.

Unemployment figures came out today and despite the fact that they actually showed an improvement, the Australian Dollar failed to make any vast improvements against most major currencies.

The rest of the week is fairly quiet but do not be fooled into thinking that the Australian Dollar will remain flat, being perceived as one of the ‘riskier’ currencies there is always the chance of movement should global attitude to risk alter.

Should you be in the position that you need to buy or sell a large amount of Australian Dollars and you would like my help along with a better exchange rate than your bank or current broker then I would love to hear from you. You can email me (Daniel Wright) personally on djw@currencies.co.uk with a brief description of what you would like to do and I will be more than happy to get in touch with you to explain how I can assist.

Will GBPAUD break through 1.75 by the end of the year? (Dayle Littlejohn)

Economic data in recent weeks has meant that GBPAUD exchange rates have increased by 8 cents and broken through the 1.70 barrier. The reason for the improvement is positive news coming from the UK in regards to Brexit and a dovish outlook from the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Brexit negotiations are heating up and decisions are close to being made. Friday evening Michel Barnier gave a two week deadline for the UK to make key decisions surrounding EU citizens’ rights, the Irish border, and the UK’s “divorce bill”.

The theory on the market is that if the UK and EU come to an agreement in the upcoming weeks and trade negotiations start before or just after the turn of the year, this could give sterling exchange rates a considerable boost.

The Reserve Bank of Australia have been given dovish statements of late and the recent RBA minutes last week confirmed that the RBA have no interest of raising interest rates anytime soon.

Couple this with Iron ore prices tumbling down under and some forecasters suggesting another substantial fall is on the horizon due to the slowdown in China’s construction industry you can understand why the Australian dollar is under pressure.

Looking further ahead if the Australian economy continues on the same path and the UK reach a deal with the EU so trade negotiations begin, I expect GBPAUD will break through 1.75.

Therefore if you are buying Australian dollars with sterling and are prepared to take the risk holding off may provide a better exchange rate in the weeks to come, however if you are selling Australian dollars to buy sterling now is the time to convert your currency.

For people that are converting pounds and Australian dollars for the first time, it is essential that you get the very best exchange rates. If you have used a brokerage for many years or have been referred a brokerage I strongly recommend you compare rates to make sure you get the best price possible and therefore save money. This simple exercise takes two minutes and in the past I have saved clients hundreds and in some instances thousands of pounds.

My direct email is drl@currencies.co.uk Dayle Littlejohn.

Will the Pound improve against the Australian Dollar next week? (Tom Holian)

As predicted in my previous articles the Pound has shaken off the problems against the Australian Dollar following last week’s interest rate decision which saw the GBPAUD exchange rate move in a downwards direction.

The UK economy has proved once again that it is resilient even though politically we are facing the challenge of the ongoing Brexit uncertainty.

GBPAUD exchange rates are once again moving in the right direction breaking through 1.72 on a couple of occasions already this week.

The Brexit talks appear to be moving in the right direction with Theresa May and Michel Barnier both suggesting that behind the scenes progress is being made.

The real issue surrounding Brexit is what the divorce bill will cost and when it will be paid which is one of the sticking points of the discussions.

We have a very eventful week ahead with the release of a number of different economic data due over the next few days.

UK Inflation is due out on Tuesday and this has been a big factor in the recent decision by the Bank of England to raise interest rates earlier this month. Therefore, this could also cause a lot of volatility for GBPAUD exchange rates.

Also, next week is the release of UK unemployment data and with the jobs data performing very well during 2017 I think we could see GBPAUD rates improve by the middle of next week which could provide a good opportunity to look at buying Australian Dollars with Pounds.

If you have a need to make a currency transfer in the coming days, weeks or months then feel free to speak with me directly as I will be more than happy to help you both with trying to time a transaction and getting you the top market rate when you do come to buy your currency compared to your bank or another currency broker.

Even a small improvement in the exchange rates can make a big difference so feel free to to email me with details of your requirement and you may find you could save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can email me (Tom Holian) on teh@currencies.co.uk and I will respond to you as soon as I can.

UK economy growth is picking up, will GBP/AUD reach 1.75 again in the near-term future?

The Pound has picked up once again this afternoon after some better than expected economic data, this time in the form of GDP figures has boosted the markets.

This means that UK economic output in the months of July-September grew by 0.4% whereas it’s grown by 0.5% from August-October. This is of course positive news for the Pound and the Pound is now trading around the 1.7250 mark at the time of writing.

The highest the GBP/AUD rate has traded in the last year is 1.7650 so the rate is now within 4 cents of the best levels so it appears that the rate hike last week from the Bank of England has boosted sentiment surrounding the UK economy.

The think-tank that produced today’s GDP figures also believes that the Bank of England will have raised interest rates to 2% by 2021 which is a bit more bullish than the comments outlined by the BoE last week when rates were hiked, and I think that the Pound would climb quite considerably from its current levels should such a bullish monetary policy be adopted by the BoE.

The next busy day for economic data is Tuesday next week, so feel free to get in touch in the meantime if you would like to plan around this event, should you have any upcoming currency requirements.

If you have a large currency exchange to carry out in the coming days, weeks or months then you are more than welcome to speak with me directly as I will be more than happy to help you both with trying to time a transaction and getting you the top market rate when you do come to buy your currency. A small improvement in a rate of exchange can make a huge difference so for the sake of taking two minutes to email me you may find you save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can email me (Joseph Wright) on jxw@currencies.co.uk and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

RBA Interest rate decison (Daniel Johnson)

RBA keep Rates on hold

During the night we saw the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) interest rate decision. Rates were kept on hold at 1.5%, this was anticipated so id did not have a significant impact on Australian dollar value. The market moves on rumor as well as fact, volatility is created when things don’t go according to the general consensus.

Interest Rate Forecast

I would expect interest rates to remain at these levels for the foreseeable future due to the situation with the Australian housing market and Chinese growth. Housing prices in Melbourne and Sydney are well above the national average due to the higher wages being offered in the cities. This is all very well, but when you have foreign investors buying the properties unconcerned with the inflated process we are starting to see a housing bubble start to emerge. A very similar situation to London, a bubble that can not afford to burst.

There is also Australia’s heavy dependence on the Chinese to purchase their raw materials. Iron ore is Australia’s primary export and as such it’s price can influence Australian Dollar value. Despite Chinese growth still being healthy it is by no means as strong as previous years which is worrying considering Australian’s heavy reliance on the Chinese. It is wise to keep an eye on both Chinese growth data and Iron ore prices if you are considering trading Aussie.

During such unpredictable times you need an experienced broker on board if you wish to maximise your return. If you have a pending currency transfer let me know the details of your trade I will endeavor to assist. There is no obligation to trade by asking for my help, I will provide a free trading strategy to suit your individual needs. If you do wish to try our service you can trade in the knowledge we are a no risk entity, as we do not speculate. Foreign Currency Direct PLC has been in business for over 16yrs and we are registered with the FCA. If you already use a provider I can perform a comparison within minutes and I am confident I will demonstrate a considerable saving. I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk 

RBA leave interest rates on hold as expected (Daniel Wright)

This morning the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) announced that they would be leaving interest rates on hold at 1.5% which was exactly as the markets had originally expected.

The decision didn’t have a huge impact on the value of the Australian Dollar as it had been widely expected that rates will remain on hold for the coming months.

An interest rate hike is generally seen as positive for a currency and a cut in rates is seen as negative so interest rate movements can be key for a currencies strength. Even the mere mention or speculation of a hike or cut in interest rates can lead to exchange rates moving quite a lot, so any hints or change to the likelihood of a rate change may be of great importance if you have a pending exchange to carry out.

I still personally feel that the Australian Dollar may have a slightly rough patch coming up, although it does have a great backbone and constantly seems to fight back even in the toughest of times.

We have a huge amount of economic data due out in China tomorrow which will be key for where Australian Dollar exchange rates head for the rest of the week, along with Chinese inflation data on Thursday too. We have very little out from Australia over the course of the week that should impact the value of the Australian Dollar so focus will no doubt be on what the data from China brings.

Chinese data can have a large impact on the value of the Australian Dollar due to Australia’s large amount of exports to China so this data is important for anyone looking to buy or sell Australian Dollars.

If you have the need to buy or sell Australian Dollars in the coming days, weeks or months then it may be prudent to get in contact with me directly and I would be more than happy to help you.

Not only can we better rates from all major brokerages but we can also help you with the timing of your transfers, we have various contract types that we can offer from limit orders to forward contracts and can help tailor a game plan to suit you personally. Making international transfers is important and the difference from broker to broker can be thousands of Dollars. Feel free to contact me (Daniel Wright) by emailing djw@currencies.co.uk and I will be more than happy to get in touch with you personally.

Will the Pound fight back vs the Australian Dollar during November? (Tom Holian)

Thursday saw one of the most eagerly anticipated days of the year so far with the latest Bank of England interest rate decision but for anyone hoping to see GBPAUD exchange rates move in an upwards direction was sorely disappointed.

Although the Bank of England as predicted did raise interest rates for the first time in over ten years the accompanying statement caused the market to plummet to below 1.70.

The interest rate hike was arguably the most dovish in history with the central bank suggesting that we may only see two more rate hikes by the end of 2020, which is hardly good news for anyone looking to invest in Sterling for a positive yield.

However, today we saw GBPAUD exchange rates stabilise above 1.70 after such heavy losses which shows there is still Australian Dollar weakness at the moment against the Pound.

I personally think although we may see Sterling remain under some pressure against the Australian Dollar I expect to see the Pound make gains vs the Australian Dollar in the weeks ahead.

Therefore, if you’re looking at buying or selling Australian Dollars but want peace of mind in the next few weeks it may be worth looking at buying a forward contract which allows you to fix an exchange rate for a future date.

If you have a currency exchange to carry out in the coming days, weeks or months then you are more than welcome to speak with me directly as I will be more than happy to help you both with trying to time a transaction and getting you the top market rate when you do come to buy your currency.

A small improvement in a rate of exchange can make a huge difference so for the sake of taking two minutes to email me you may find you save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can email me (Tom Holian) on teh@currencies.co.uk and I will endeavour to get back to you as I can.

Sterling to Aussie Dollar rate plunges after BoE rate hike, what happened? (Joseph Wright)

This afternoon at lunchtime the Bank of England hiked interest rates by the expected 0.25 basis points, although in the immediate aftermath the Pound fell dramatically against every major currency pair.

At the time of writing the Pound to Aussie rate has fallen by 2% with the GBPAUD rate now sitting at 1.6917 and the AUDGBP rate sitting at 0.5910.

This afternoons move has come as a surprise to the markets, as usually when the base rate increases the underlying currency climbs. The opposite has happened today though as it appears that prior to the move by the Bank of England the hike was priced into the market, and the commentary afterwards was a bit more bearish than the Sterling bulls had hoped for.

It’s looking like there won’t be a particularly aggressive approach from the Bank of England regarding monetary policy moving forward, which is why we’ve seen the Pound lose so much value in such a short space of time.

There won’t be any further major economic announcements out of the UK tomorrow that are likely to move markets to such a great extent, although Australian Retail Sales data is coming out in the early hours of this morning which may impact the rates.

If you wish to be kept updated regarding any other short-term price movements between the pair, do feel free to register your interest with me. Moves such as today’s can result in large differences in a currency transfer outcome so being aware of these moves can be highly beneficial.

If you have a large currency exchange to carry out in the coming days, weeks or months then you are more than welcome to speak with me directly as I will be more than happy to help you both with trying to time a transaction and getting you the top market rate when you do come to buy your currency. A small improvement in a rate of exchange can make a huge difference so for the sake of taking two minutes to email me you may find you save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can email me (Joseph Wright) on jxw@currencies.co.uk and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.